Saw this on a child’s helmet while waiting in the longest lift line so far this year:
I couldn’t help but wonder – this was a sticker on a ski helmet. So, the child would only be wearing it while skiing. So what would the child “rather be skiing” than doing – while wearing the helmet?
It’s like having a sign that says “I’d rather be in my living room” – on the wall in my living room.
Now, a case could be made that the sticker is actually saying “I’d rather be skiing [in] Montana” – however, the difference in font supports the convention of “make a statement, and then put the placename in a different font, to show where the sticker came from”.
(Besides – the child also had Whitefish and Big Mountain stickers on his* helmet; there’s no reason to assume that he skis anywhere else anyway).
Now, I could make a snarky remark here about “I’d rather be skiing than standing in this liftline…” – but the truth is that getting on the lift is part of the skiing experience, so I can’t make this make sense using that bit of sarcastic sophistry.
Speaking of helmets (and stickers) – see that vertical black strap, in the middle of the back of the helmet, that is holding the goggle strap in place? That one broke on my helmet a week or two ago. Now, it just so happens that I have a spare – it’s actually Silas’ helmet, which has only been worn a few times. And I could switch over to that helmet, but – doggone it! I’ve got lots of good stickers on that helmet!
But – just to stretch this out – my new parka has a hood that’s designed to go over the helmet, and so nobody sees my stickers anyway. So I might as well not have ’em.
Along those lines – yesterday, I came off some smallish jumps in the trees off of Black Bear. On both of these, I fell, and fell hard – and the second jump, I fell hard enough, and in such a direction, as to snap off an essential strap from my skiing backpack.
My helmet and parka I’ve had for ten years – I’ve had that K2 pack for twenty. And they quite literally don’t make backpacks like that anymore- that kind of durable material and hardware. The zippers on that pack are almost as big as my thumbnail. The fabric feels like somebody made canvas out of nylon.
So now I’ve lost** my parka, helmet, and backpack, in the space of a couple of weeks. It feels like my skiing life is being ripped away – all this while I’m skiing every day, and already have almost 400,000 feet of vertical for the year.
*I was not able to determine the child’s gender while behind him in line, so I finally got tired of saying “the child” and began using the masculine pronoun, which includes the indefinite.
**okay, I didn’t “lose” the parka. But Ethel got me a new one for Christmas. What am I going to do – not use the new one?